Legislation that aims to establish a hate crime reporting hotline unanimously passed Aug. 31 in the King County Council’s Law and Justice Committee.
Reported hate crimes have been on an upward trend across the nation since 2020, and King County is no different.
Council staff member Mike Reed said hate crime charge filings increased in the county significantly during 2020 with 59 cases overall, up by 20 from the year before. He said Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as Black residents have been the most common victims in these cases, but many other hate incidents are believed to go unreported and unaddressed.
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn
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